Yes, my amplifier has UPnP/DLNA. While I don’t know how good the implementation is, often I wish for a more sophisticated connection, but it does work. Gapless playback is one pain that has bothered my a lot, but I have gotten used to it (at the beginning, I was so bothered that I thought I might need to re-rip some of my albums into a single file per work, but the thought of that quickly calmed my bother I don’t know if the amplifier does gapless, though. Maybe it does, but the QNAP player might not be sendling that information? How would it know?
Actually, aside from the gapless playback issue, my system is working very well with the current UPnP/DLNA connection. I open the web interface to my QNAP NAS or I run the QMusic (or QFile) app on my phone and I tell the NAS to play files and send then to the amp. It works great, but sometimes things go awry and I wait for a long time before it starts playback or the first track gets skipped because of some connection problem, but this is relatively endurable (but shouldn’t happen!). I have wired connections from my router to both the NAS and to the Amp, so this isn’t WiFi. I recently also got a cable for the laptop, so only the phone is sending commands over WiFi.
I looked into BubbleUPnP, Twonky, Kodi, Plex, MinimServer, etc., but there are a number of issues. I prefer to use the QNAP apps, since they are supported by the company that built the hardware I have, and I am very satisfied with their performance. Secondly, these third-party apps are not supported by QNAP and there is no guarantee that they aren’t also doing nefarious things in the background, like collecting personal information or other things. And, most of these third party apps come in a basic flavour and a more sophisticated pay flavour. I don’t want to buy anything extra and have to keep paying and re-paying and re-paying for years on end. Gettitng out of this viciou$ payment cycle was one of the big reasons I switched to Fedora back in 1999 (and I have not used Window$ since). I purposely bought an Android phone for that reason, too, since all my hardware now used Linux and they all communicate perfectly. I am very, very pleased by the quality of the offerings.
Speaking of gapless: I notice that when I’m in my truck using my phone with the VLC (Video Lan Client) app, the tracks seem to be gapless! I wish I could load VLC onto my NAS! BUt I think NAP uses a modified version of VLC internally and they don’t support loading apps from anywhere other than their app store. WHile I have looked, I haven’t actually found any apps anywhere elese and I wouldn’t know how to load them anyway. Only last night did I manage, for the first time ever, to connect my computer to the NAS for file transfer. I had fiddled with WebDav and Samba (SMB) for the past year, to no avail, but last night I decided to just forget that stuff, since it wasn’t working (or I would get scrambled filenames!), so I tried NFS and it just worked!!! I used to use NFS to sync my desktop with my laptop or just to transfer files between them, and, lo and behold, the QNAP NAS understands this, too. Again, the QNAP operating system is QTS, which is a modified version of Linux, so it works perfectly with my other devices.
Since I tagged my albums (I only just finished Sunday night), I have been using the QMusic app to play my music and it is just super. MusicBrans made a big headache go away. I don’t think I will need to hunt down some other app like Bubble or Kodi or whatnot, since now things seem to be going great.
I wil be giving the setup some testing over the next eternity